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The FLEX reactor – the next step in molten salt reactor evolution
31 May, 2023
Moltex Energy, the UK-based developer of molten salt nuclear technology, launched its subsidiary MoltexFLEX last autumn to work on its FLEX reactor – the latest application of the company’s platform stable salt reactor (SSR) design. MoltexFLEX CEO David Landon outlines the work being done to make it a reality.
26 May, 2023
Decarbonisation of the existing fossil-fired power plant fleet via ammonia co-firing is a potential strategy being actively pursued by MHI, IHI and the major Japanese power companies.
How to address the current challenges being faced by South Africa
24 May, 2023
In South Africa today we need three plans to solve the problem of power outages (“load shedding”), which has been a major issue for the last fifteen years. The first is a credible long-term (2050) solution that meets the national need for reliable 24/7 dispatchable power and which achieves the net zero requirement; a short-term solution (24 months) to stop (or at least limit) load shedding; and a transition plan to bridge the gap.
Huge HRSG for Belgium’s latest combined cycle project
17 May, 2023
“A real juggernaut” says Pascal Fontaine, sales manager at John Cockerill Energy, describing the heat recovery steam generator with integrated SCR (selective catalytic reduction) it is designing and supplying to ENGIE for a new 875 MWe combined cycle power plant to be located at Flémalle near Liège in Belgium.
Floating project plans in Scotland, Black Sea and Korea
12 May, 2023
Crown Estate Scotland has announced the results of its INTOG offshore wind site leasing round, which it describes as “the world’s first leasing round designed to enable offshore wind energy to directly supply offshore oil and gas platforms.”
Repurposing fossil fuel plants as storage facilities: an update from E2S Power
10 May, 2023
E2S Power, a company established four years ago with the objective of transforming fossil-fuelled power assets into clean energy storage facilities is delivering a 250 kWh thermal energy storage pilot to India Power Corporation.
Did Green Day deliver?
04 May, 2023
The UK published dozens of updates on its plans for an economy that is ‘net zero’ in carbon emissions. But what did it achieve?, asks Janet Wood
Fuel cell use in datacentres – how much do you know?
03 May, 2023
Despite the evidence of numerous datacentres piloting fuel cells, as well as predictions for strong growth of the technology in datacentre applications, actual use remains low. The industry needs a greater understanding of fuel cells to drive wider adoption of a technology which could accelerate the effectiveness of the sector’s GHG abatement efforts.
Making 2 GW the new standard for HVDC offshore wind connections
28 April, 2023
Significant new milestones have been achieved by TenneT and Amprion in developing standardised 2 GW HVDC connections for offshore wind.
Virtualisation & grid stability
26 April, 2023
In a world where the uptake of new energy sources and increasing electrification are pushing existing grid infrastructure to the edge, modern substations must continue to become smarter, more secure, and easier to manage to allow utilities to redefine how we approach fluctuating demand and generation imbalances. The virtualisation of protection and control forms a key part of this journey, offering new possibilities to optimise the supply of renewable generation and achieve flexibility and scale.
INNIO ready for hydrogen
21 April, 2023
Recently announced INNIO projects include emergency backup power for datacentres in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Dublin, Ireland.
Challenging times for Smart Wires
20 April, 2023
Commercial success is proving elusive for Smart Wires, despite having a proven power electronics offering that enables better use to be made of the grid.
EU Taxonomy supports gas turbine investments
12 April, 2023
The EU ‘Taxonomy’ process, notably the so-called ‘Complementary Delegated Act’, which came into force as of 1 January 2023, is expected to increase demand for gas turbine technologies that help accelerate the shift from solid or liquid fossil fuels, including coal, towards renewables.
How Hitachi’s IIoT router can support grid modernisation
04 April, 2023
Hitachi Energy’s TRO610 cellular router is purpose-built to support industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications such as grid modernisation and smart cities. Commercially available in March 2023, the new router is part of Hitachi Energy’s wireless communications portfolio, which aims to help “future-proof mission-critical utility operations.” Q&A with Mike Dulaney, Global Head of Wireless Sales, Hitachi Energy.
RWE considers wooden towers for wind farms
03 April, 2023
Modvion and RWE Renewables Sweden ABare entering a partnership to supply wooden towers to RWE’s future onshore wind farms. RWE has ambitious plans to increase its production capacity while reducing its carbon footprint. The goal with this partnership is to verify the wooden tower technology and prepare for RWE to use it in future wind farms, once the towers are available in the market, and RWE has signed a Letter of Intent to that effect.
Making better use of the grid
31 March, 2023
Amir Cohen, founder & CEO of EGM (Electrical Grid Monitoring, Inc), argues that ‘multi-sensing’ technologies deployed on the current grid, accurately analysing many parameters in real time, could greatly increase grid capacity and improve performance, reducing the need for spending on new infrastructure.
Recip suppliers look to hydrogen
29 March, 2023
Rolls-Royce has conducted successful tests of a 12-cylinder gas variant of the mtu Series 4000 L64 engine running on 100% hydrogen fuel. The tests, carried out by the Power Systems business unit, showed very good characteristics in terms of efficiency, performance, emissions and combustion.
RWE prioritises storage
23 March, 2023
RWE reports that “Germany’s first megabattery” is complete. It has a capacity of 117 MW (128 MWh), and consists of 420 blocks of lithium-ion batteries located at two power plant sites, with 49 MWh at Lingen (Lower Saxony) and 79 MWh at Werne (North Rhine-Westphalia), “intelligently linked” to RWE’s run- of-river power plants on the Moselle River.
Working fluid of the future?
22 March, 2023
Over the last two decades, there has been a significant R&D effort directed at power generation cycles with supercritical carbon dioxide as the working fluid. Due to the unique properties of CO2 at pressures and temperatures above its critical point, it is possible to design compact turbomachinery with high efficiency for diverse applications ranging from nuclear power to waste heat recovery. An important imminent development is the entry into operation, expected shortly, of the USDOE funded 10 MWe STEP Demo sCO2 pilot plant facility on the campus of Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, USA, with project participants including GE and GTI Energy. The potential of the oxycombustion sCO2 Allam–Fetvedt Cycle (with its inherent carbon capture capabilities, eliminating the need for expensive chemical process plant add-ons) is also attracting considerable interest.
Massive IoT, massive opportunities
15 March, 2023
Alastair MacLeod, CEO at Ground Control, a satellite focused, IoT and M2M connectivity and critical communications provider, examines the opportunities and challenges of massive IoT, and how satellite communications can plug the critical gaps in connectivity